Founded in 1996 on the rural island of Molokai, Hawaii, Ka Hale Pomaika`i is a small sober living residence on an acre of farmland. Ke Hale Pomaika`i offers recovery support group meetings on the top floor of their sober living house, while the first floor accommodates residents. Their motto is, “The Blessed House (“Ke Hale Pomaika`i”) where recovery lives.”
Accommodations and Amenities
Ke Hale Pomaika`i uses a unique approach to determine who can live at the house at any given time. When there are no residents, the first new client accepted into the residence determines the gender of the sober living community. Ke Hale Pomaika`i accommodates between three and four residents at one time.
Typically, there are two residents sharing a double-occupancy room and one client in a single room. But, if necessary, the single room can be converted into a double. Rooms are airy, with surrounding windows providing ample sunlight and countryside views. There are twin beds, shelves that hold personal belongings and decorative framed pictures of Hawaii propped against windowsills.
Amenities include laundry facilities, Cable TV, and all utilities. Clients purchase their own groceries and prepare meals in a spacious fully equipped kitchen. Those who can’t afford groceries are offered referrals to a local food bank. Often residents dine together, family-style, around a large dining room table. The house is within walking distance of a bus, so public transportation is easily accessible.
Rules and Regulations
Ke Hale Pomaika`i allows residents a certain amount of freedom, provided that they respect each other’s food, belongings and adhere to basic rules that involve common courtesy and accountability. Prior to admission, residents must have 30 days of documented sobriety. Ke Hale Pomaika`i operates on a month-to-month basis regarding a client’s length of stay. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted.
Clients must be gainfully employed in a job or enrolled in school full-time or engaged in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Since Ke Hale Pomaika`i is deeply rooted in the 12 step, attending meetings is mandatory but they are easily accessible. Meetings are held on the second floor of the residence in a comfortably furnished room that was once an open deck. Meetings are also located in the local community. Besides 12-step meetings, the residence offers learning circles with a kupuna (an honored elder), Ohana (family-style) gatherings, family support and relapse prevention groups.
The curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The curfew coincides with the 12-step meeting schedule. Ke Hale Pomaika`i offers referrals for those needing detox, dual diagnosis support, medication management and transitional care.
Executive director Shari R. Lynn is a Master’s-level CADC, among other credentials, and has over two decades of sobriety. Besides Lynn, there are six other members on staff, including two CSACs and two LCSWs.
The Ka Hale Pomaika`i Victory Farm is a garden which is on the property. Residents tend to the garden, which provides fruits and vegetables to the house as well as to indigenous people in the surrounding community. Besides the Victory Farm, Ke Hale Pomaika`i operates a food pantry in alliance with Maui Food Bank. Additionally, the house offers a 24-hour support line for addicts in crisis.
Ke Hale Pomaika`i is open to residents from the mainland and they are keen on helping recovering adults get a fresh new start in life. For those seeking affordable sober living in a country-style setting on the beautiful island of Molokai, this is the perfect match.
Ke Hale Pomaika`i
7533 Kamehameha V. Highway
Molokai, HI 96748
Do you have a complaint or review of Ke Hale Pomaika`i to add? Use the comments area below to add your Ke Hale Pomaika`i review.
Photo courtesy of KeHalePomaikai